Located right in the heart of the city, Gloucester’s historic Guildhall is the cultural hub of the city and a vibrant venue home to an exciting programme of music, comedy, film, workshops and theatre with spaces available for meetings, conferences and private hires.
It was originally built in 1890 and opened in 1892 on the site formerly occupied by Sir Thomas Rich’s Blue Coat School. On the ground floor it housed offices for the town clerk, accountant, surveyor and other officials. With council chambers, committee rooms, the Mayor’s parlour and a public hall on the first floor. The Mayor’s Ball was held each year in what is now the theatre and remained in use for council meetings and as the Chief Executives’ offices until 1985. A large scale refurbishment went ahead between 1985 and 1988, turning the place into a lively venue, and Gloucester Guildhall has been entertaining, educating and invigorating the area ever since.
Awarded winner of Live Music Venue of the Year 2020 and highly commended Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 in the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards, and being shortlisted for NME Magazine's ‘Best Small Venue’ in 2015, Gloucester Guildhall has played host to some of the finest names on the national music circuit including Radiohead, Muse, Primal Scream, The Subways, Lily Allen, Pete Doherty, Ash, and many more. As well as that, some household comedians including Frankie Boyle, Andy Parsons, Dara O’Brien and Jeremy Hardy have been through the doors. Public figures such as Germaine Greer, Tony Benn MP, Peter Hook, Sir David Frost, Ann Widdecombe MP and Alexei Sayle have also visited the venue.
Prices will depend on the event. Tickets range from £6 onwards.
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- 2m distancing in place
- Advance booking essential
- Capacity limit
- Clear signage
- COVID-19 measures in place
- COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
- COVID-19 risk assessment completed
- COVID-19 staff training completed
- Deep cleaning between visitors
- Face mask essential (not provided)
- Face masks required for staff in public areas
- Floors clearly marked for social distancing
- Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
- Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
- One way system
- Online booking possible
- Open now - Cinema only
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
- Socially distanced spaced seating
- Staff required to regularly wash hands
- Temperature checks for visitors
- Conference facilities
- Event Venue
- In town/city centre
* Please check the attraction's website for opening times.
From the North: Get off the M5 at Junction 11, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A40 (signposted Gloucester/Cirencester). At Elmbridge Court roundabout take the 4th exit (signposted Ross). At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A38 and then at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A430 (Kingsholm Road). At the traffic lights turn left onto Black Dog Way and follow the road. At the traffic lights turn right into Bruton Way approach and then at the roundabout turn right on to Station Road. Continue forward and take the 2nd left , continue up the ramp and in to the car park. If you drive right to the top of the car park there is a back entrance in to the Guildhall. Alternatively you could follow signs to Gloucester city centre, park your car in another car park and access the Guildhall from the front entrance on Eastgate Street.
From the South: Get off the M5 at Junction 12, at the roundabout take the first exit onto the B4008. At the Cross Keys roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A38. At the next roundabout continue forward. At the traffic lights continue forward (stay in the left hand lane, signposted Ross) onto the A430, Secunda Way. Continue forward on this by pass until you come to a roundabout, stay in the right hand lane and take the 2nd exit (on to Hempstead Lane). At the traffic lights turn right onto St. Ann Way. Continue forward at the next 2 sets of lights and then continue forward at the cross road on to Trier Way. Continue forward on to Trier Way (past GL1 on your left). At the next cross roads turn left into Bruton Way approach. At the roundabout turn right on to Station Road. Continue forward and take the 2nd left, continue up the ramp and in to the car park. If you drive right to the top of the car park there is a back entrance in to the Guildhall. Alternatively you could follow signs to Gloucester city centre, park your car in another car park and access the Guildhall from the front entrance on Eastgate Street.
Public Transport Directions
If you arrive by train, come out of the RailwayStation and cross Bruton Way and walk walk through the Gloucester Transport Hub on to Station Road and continue forward in to Clarence Street. At the end of Clarence Street turn right in to Eastgate Street. The Guildhall is just up on the right in between Dorothy Perkins and Lloyds Bank.